BAFTA Games 2018: Mario and Zelda take home more awards

Innovation, Game Design and Family Game were on the cards for Nintendo.

Following an extremely successful slew of award shows for Nintendo, who have taken home quite a few Game of the Year awards for Switch launch exclusive Breath of the Wild, Nintendo also did well at this month’s BAFTA awards, adding a few more of those familiar gold masks to their collection.

Hosted by comedian Dara Ó Briain, the BAFTA awards had some surprise winners on the 12th, including developer Giant Sparrow’s What Remains of Edith Finch taking home best game. Congratulations to the team! Industry veteran and legend Tim Schafer was also awarded with the BAFTA fellowship, celebrating his many achievements in the industry, and his constant support to independent developers. Hopefully we can see Double Fine’s games on the Switch at some point.

With regard to Nintendo, Super Mario Odyssey took home the Game Design award, as well as the best Family Game, with many enjoying the split Joy-Con Cappy/Mario cooperative play. Breath of the Wild won the award for Best Game Innovation, evidently through the way it subverted the way we think about open-world games.

With a good pre-show hosted by Julia Hardy, as well as some pretty funny appearances from comedians Rob Beckett, Paul Chowdry and Jonathan Ross, the BAFTAs are worth a watch if you haven’t already, and you can check them out here.